In this video, learn about how to identify the scrum master as the first coach of the team. This is important so you can support them in their efforts.
- You may have already been studying agile practices. If you have, you already know that the scrum master is the team's first coach. You may be wondering how the scrum masters' activities are different from the coaches'. Well, for starters, the scrum master is fully focused on their own team. That means that the scrum master is primarily engaged with perfecting the agile framework on their own team. They'll be diligently supporting and facilitating the team's events and ensuring the needed artifacts are being developed. On top of this, the scrum master is teaching the framework to team members who may be new to the practice. They're also measuring team velocity and nurturing the team's interactions to help them attain high performance. In contrast, the agile coach is focused on all the teams at once. The coach is a step removed from the daily activities. This helps them focus on the system of teams. While the scrum master is embedded within the team watching the details, the coach is slightly above the fray. This enables the coach to identify unhealthy patterns across teams and develop training materials or recommendations to address it. That also means the coach is actively working with leadership to draw attention to the larger patterns and solve widespread problems. Finally, the coach will work with scrum masters to solve any problems on the team that the scrum master hasn't overcome. This usually comes in the form of observation, both of the artifacts and the events. Generally, the coach will be a silent observer of the events and confers with a scrum master on any areas of concern the coach sees. For example, if the coach observes a problem with the scrum sprint planning event, the coach will offer suggestions to resolve the unhealthy pattern. As you can see, the scrum master, while they are the first coach for their team is too close to the team sometimes to identify problems on their own. And the coach will help with training, mentoring and guidance for all team members from a neutral position outside the team. The partnership of the scrum master and the coach is one that can create a system of healthy teams. So, when you need to explain the difference between the scrum master and coach, now you can do it with confidence.
- What is agile coaching?
- Comparing the skills of the scrum master and the agile coach
- Agile coach as teacher and mentor
- Detecting and resolving issues
- Mediating conflicts
- Identifying the coaching skills and mindset